BEA Summit: Virtualisation makes SOA more effective

While service oriented architecture (SOA) aims to better the use of resources and share best practices, software vendor VMware has encouraged firms to consider enhancing SOA projects by using virtualisation.

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While service oriented architecture (SOA) aims to better the use of resources and share best practices, software vendor VMware has encouraged firms to consider enhancing SOA projects by using virtualisation.

Mukesh Sharma, senior alliance manager EMEA at VMware told Computerworld UK that virtualisation technology can complement SOA projects, such as allowing IT departments to spread components of an application across a number of servers, or placing multiple, virtual servers running single applications across a server farm.

Virtualisation technology enables IT managers to more easily see and access the full range of computing resources, he explained. Using virtualisation technology, IT managers can improve the performance of IT and consolidate servers.

Sharma said within the stronger framework created by SOA, virtualisation can be used at its best: "The combination allows organisations to quickly deploy virtual machines and have a real impact on the physical environment."

The capability of a business to adapt quickly to market changes is helped by both SOA and virtualisation, according to Martin Percival, senior European technology evangelist at BEA Systems.

Speaking at BEA Systems Arch2Arch, an annual customer event held in Nice, he said: “We talk about SOA as opening up the agility of a business. Virtualisation does exactly this too, so the combination works well.”

While businesses often face the challenges of handling new and legacy systems, both SOA and virtualisation can tackle this. SOA establishes a framework for all the processes to fit into and virtualisation reduces the visible complexity of the systems.

VMware is an alliance partner to BEA Systems and other vendors that it sees as a “natural fit” in consolidating or maximising existing systems, including BMC, CA, Citrix, HP, IBM, NetApp, Oracle and SAP, as well as technologies from parent EMC.

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